Malvi language

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Distinguish the Malvi dialect of Punjabi
Native to India (Malva region of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan)
Native speakers
10.4 million  (2003)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mupinclusive code
Individual code:
bhe – Bhaya

Malvi (Malavi, Mallow, Malwada, Malwi) is the Rajasthani language of the Malva region of India, with ten million speakers. Nimadi, spoken in the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh and in Rajasthan, is its closest relative. The dialects of Malvi are Ujjaini (Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Shajapur, Sehore districts), Rajawadi (Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch districts), Umathwadi (Rajgarh district), and Sondhwadi (Jhalawar district). Bhaya of Pakistan may be a dialect. Ujjaini is the prestige dialect, and the language as a whole sometimes goes by that name. About 75% of the Malvi population can converse in Hindi, which is the official language of the Madhya Pradesh state, and literacy rate in a second language such as Hindi is about 40%. There are many unpublished materials in this language. Malvi New Testament (Bible) is available in audio and text version. Click here to view and hear. click here to download the audio



  1. ^ Malvi reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
    Bhaya reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Ethnologue